This a Forbidden Dragon recording. Read by Marlo Dianne
This is a live reading of the poem "Despair" by H.P. Lovecraft.
November 7, 2011
Review of Despair
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Marlo Dianne - I could listen to this woman read a grocery list and still manage to be fascinated/mesmerized/in need of a cold shower.
That said, I'd agree that "Despair" is not her best work - check out "Prick" or "Id" for that - but I can see what MD was attempting here. Reading Lovecraft is haunting, it's chilling, and the tone and tempo of the tale is meant to be hypnotic. A previous review comments on her monotone, and I agree that her voice is quite flat throughout the piece - but do you really want your Lovecraft read with zippy emotional overtones and cheerleader-like inflections?
Marlo Dianne is an auditory artist, and this reading of Despair is best taken as an example of an artist developing her craft.
July 16, 2011
The source text is a 'Raven' like metrical complaint by a morose HPL, is a brief "used to be blue skies, now they're gray" thing.
M. Diane's reading is a rapid monotone and repetitive "da_da,_da_da, da_da, da daa..." style, no pauses, breaks, or much changes in tone; with no humor, irony or accents to liven it up.